Many times, when people think of vacationing in Mexico, they think of the beaches of Cozumel or Cancun as the ideal beach getaway. However, don't forget about the sandy shores of Acapulco when planning your perfect tropical getaway.
Acapulco is located on a large bay on the Pacific Coast side of Mexico, in the southern state of Guerrero. It's a beautiful vacation spot surrounded by sparkling crystalline waters, palm trees, and clear blue skies. Acapulco is a very narrow city as it's built on a mile-long strip of land resting between the shoreline and the mountains, making for scenic views no matter which way you turn. In terms of shear natural beauty, there are few other cities – even in Mexico – that can compete with Acapulco.
Many people think of Acapulco as a vacation destination of the past when compared to the more contemporary Cancun. However, just like many of its Atlantic Ocean counterparts, Acapulco has evolved into a tourist epicenter over the years and has quite an active nightlife. One of the biggest differences between the two rivaling tourist hotspots is that Acapulco has not allowed itself to be stripped of its rich culture and history in order to be more appealing to outside vacationers. Thus, Acapulco is typically the favorite destination spot of locals, international tourists and those Americans in the know.
Many people also fear that because Acapulco is more of an old fashioned vacation destination, the accommodations won't be up to par with true luxury accommodations of Cancun, but this is just not true. Since the early 1990's, the Mexican government has put more than a billion dollars into making sure that Acapulco's sewage and trash systems are up-to-date for tourists from all over the world. The beaches and water in the area have never been better for vacationing, so you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that the water around you is safe.
In addition, because of its increasing popularity, you no longer have to worry about getting to Acapulco. There are many international flights that will take you directly to this magnificent water paradise all year long. Once you get to the city, there's a network of local bus routes that can take you anywhere you need to go. If you don't want to bother learning the routes, you can simply get a cab. Since you're in Mexico, the rates are a lot more reasonable than you would think and using a cab as your central mode of transportation can be a safe, reliable, and relatively inexpensive way to get around the city.
The next time you're considering a tropical vacation getaway, check into the wonderful bay paradise of Acapulco. With comparable hotels and beaches as Cancun, its biggest advantage is that it doesn't yet have the raunchy reputation that's begun to haunt the other vacation hotspot. If you're looking for more of a relaxing vacation with a nightlife that doesn't leave you feeling as if you're competing with twenty-year-olds, then Acapulco is the perfect destination for you.